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He Kete Mātauranga: Te Whare Tipuna

Terms 3 and 4, 2018

Wharenui, whare tupuna.

Explore the majestic and proud house Hotunui, and discover more about wharenui and whare tupuna, the magical and mysterious buildings that dot our landscape and form the centrepieces of marae. Find out what these whare  mean to the people who care for them, and what  the form and function of these rich repositories of tribal history represent.

In this session students will learn about the parts of whare, investigate the notion of a whare as a storybook, perform a haka, and learn how carved, woven, and painted taonga can tell stories.

As the stories and symbolism leap off the walls and rafters, students are invited to reflect upon the uniqueness of these houses, their own identities as New Zealanders, as Treaty partners, and as people who belong.

The Whare

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira

Year levels 9-13, maximum 30 students
$5 per student for a one-hour programme
Terms 3 and 4, 2018
Curriculum links
Social Sciences, levels 1 - 4
Technology, levels 1 - 2
Related galleries and exhibitions
Te Ao Tūroa (Māori Natural History) gallery, Maori Cultural Performance, Hotunui and He Taonga Maori (Maori Court)


Explore aspects of Māori culture through painted, carved and woven stories. 
Learn a fun haka which will help you remember the parts of the whare. 
Discover some of the traditional tools and materials associated with this building 

This lesson is part of the He Kete Mātauranga programme, which aims to share the culture, politics and stories of our Māori ancestors.